Sunday, January 15, 2017


There is a recipe in my mother's family that we call pistazo.  I believe it was created by my aunt, but I'm not sure about the details.

I remember as a kid begging my dad to make it.  My dad was the breakfast maker.  In elementary school, he made pancakes for my sibling and I every day.  In the mornings, he wore a long brown house coat that had a hood and went over his head. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Orange Brownies

I made these brownies for New Year's Eve.  I was still at home visiting my family for New Year's Eve.  We celebrated at my aunt and uncle's home.  I celebrated last year at their home as well.

They have a set of musical pipes that gets taken out at least once a year on New Year's Eve.  There are over twenty pipe.  Each pipe has a distinct number at note.  Each person is given a pipe and a nail to hit the pipe with.  My aunt directs us when to play with music written by the tone's  number.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Blossoms

I bought a bag of chocolate kisses to make triple chocolate blossoms, but I didn't even use half the bag to make those cookies.

Instead of just eating the candies, I made them less healthy by plopping them into the center of chocolate chip cookies.  Why not?  It was during the holidays, the time when I always eat poorly.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Atkilt - Ethiopian Vegetable Bowl

I tried Ethiopian food for the first time when I moved to the DC area several years ago.  There were no Ethiopian restaurants where I grew up.  I have eaten Ethiopian food several times since then, and it has always been delicious.

Whenever I have eaten Ethiopian food, I have eaten it communally  from the same dish.  Various meat and vegetables were arranged in piles on the same dish.   We were also served flat and airy bread.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Beef and Vegetable Green Curry

The holidays feel like they are officially over.  I came home for over a week this year, and I am going back today.  It was good to see my family and how everyone had changed.  

It has been very relaxing.  It is going to be an adjustment to wake up tomorrow at six and go work for nine hours.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Triple Chocolate Blossoms

My parents gave me a a Garmin Vivofit for Christmas.  I have been obsessively monitoring my steps and heart rate everyday since Christmas.

I can measure how many calories I burn when I'm exercising, and it also tells me how many flights of stairs I climb in a day.  I am a little surprised how fully I have adopted it into my daily life.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Gingerbread Waffles with Cranberries and Toffee Bits

Another Christmas has come and gone.  How quickly this year has gone by!  I had a wonderful Christmas, and it isn't over yet.  My family is having one more Christmas party this Thursday.

We are having a French Canadian Christmas celebration.  We will be eating poutine, sugar pie, and meat pie.  The sugar pie is really just a custard inside of a pie shell.  I was worried it was going to be a sugar overload, but it sounds tasty.